Dear Visitors,

2018 promises to be a great year for the State Museum. We’re looking forward to opening new exhibitions and offering exciting educational programs for the entire family to enjoy. Stay tuned for announcements of new exhibitions that will open this year!

In 2017 we opened three special exhibitions commemorating significant anniversaries in New York State’s history:

All three exhibitions feature artifacts from the collections of the State Museum, State Library and State Archives as well as from other museums and cultural institutions across New York. We’re also planning a variety of public programs themed around these exhibitions, including gallery tours, book signings, talks, and children’s activities. Visit our Programs webpage for a schedule of upcoming programs.

On February 17th and 18th, children and families can mine for minerals, dig for fossils, and marvel at meteorites at the 2nd Annual Rock and Fossil Fun Fair. We offered this program for the first time last year to a resounding success and look forward to hosting it again this year. Don’t forget to bring your rocks and fossils from home for identification from Museum scientists.

Also in February is the 25th Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show and Sale. Vendors from throughout the Northeast will display and sell gems, jewelry, minerals and more at the Museum. This popular event draws a large crowd every year, so mark your calendars now for February 24th and 25th.

Check our Programs webpage for more information on other programs this winter including New York State’s Great Places and Spaces on January 13, Women of Science on February 10, and Capital Region History Day on March 28.

As always, Museum scientists and historians continue to conduct fascinating research. Check our Research and Collections webpage to learn more about what our scientists and historians have been working on. 

I’ll see you at the Museum.

Mark Schaming

Director, New York State Museum

Contact the Director's Office: Email or call 518-474-5812. 

Mark Schaming, Museum Director